Performer: Gloria Estefan
Artist: Jon Secada; Miami Sound Machine
Engineer: Clay Ostwald; Eric Schilling; Humberto Batica; Humberto Gatica; John Hagg; John Haag...
Distributor: Sony Music Distribution (
Notes: Personnel includes: Gloria Estefan (vocals); Juanito Marquez, Michael Thompson, Brian Monroney, Rene Luis Toledo (guitar); John DeFaria (guitar, programming); Ed Calle, Mike Scaglione (saxophones); Tony Concepcion (trumpet); Randy Barlow (trumpet, background vocals); Teddy Mulet (trumpet, trombone); Dana Teboe (trombone); Paquito Hechevarria, Angelo Morris (piano); Clay Ostwald (piano, keyboards, organ, programming, background vocals); Jorge Casas (bass, fretless bass, acoustic guitar, programming); Robert Rodriguez (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Jon Secada, Betty Wright, Jeanette Wright-Black, Carl Ramsey, Anita Faye Greene, Rod Wilson, Clovette Hilton, Lawrence Dermer, Rafael Vigil (background vocals); Miami Choral Society. Producers: Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, The Jerks, Emilio Estefan Jr. Pricipally recorded at Crescent Moon Studios and Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida. Personnel: Gloria Estefan (vocals, background vocals); Shannon Hammatt, Lee Budy, Jr., Lisette Valle, Gerald "J.J." Wood, Jean Marie Haskins, Vivian Valdes, Sabrina Bozek (vocals); John DeFaria (guitar, acoustic guitar, programming); Juanito Marquez, Brian Monroney (guitar); Rene Toledo (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jorge Casas (acoustic guitar, electric bass, fretless bass, programming); Michael Hart Thompson , Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Valerie Bruce, Debra Spring (violin, viola); Stuart MacDonald , Mei Mei Luo, Davis E. Chappel, Jose A. Montoto, Marian Myszko, Bogdan Chruszcz, Geremy Miller, John DiPuccio, XI Yang, Alfredo Oliva (violin); David Chappell (viola); Phil Lakofsky, Steven Sigurdson, Steve Sigurdson, Jorge Sicre (cello); Lea Kibler (flute); Richard K. Hancock (clarinet, French horn); Mike Scaglione, Ed Calle (saxophone); Teddy Mulet (trumpet, trombone); Randy Barlow (trumpet, background vocals); Tony Concepcion (trumpet); Dwayne Dixon (French horn); Dana Teboe (trombone); Clay Ostwald (piano, organ, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Angelo Morris, Paquito Hechevarria (piano); Robert Rodriguez (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Lawrence Dermer (programming, background vocals); Miguel Morejon, Nat Seidman, Joe Galdo (programming); Rafael Vigil, Namphuyo Aisha McCray, Carl Ramsey, Jeannette Wright-Black, Clovette Hilton, Anita Faye Green, Rod Wilson, Jeanette Wright Black, Jon Secada, Betty Wright (background vocals). Audio Mixers: Clay Ostwald; Eric Schilling ; Pablo Flores; Humberto Gatica; Andrew Roshberg; John Hagg; John Haag; Mike Couzzi; Phil Ramone. Recording information: Crescent Moon Studios, Miami, FL; Cresent Moon Studios, Miami, FL; Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL; International Sound Studios, Miami, FL; New River Studios, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Studio 55, Los Angeles, CA. Director: Timothy A. Sharp. Photographers: Antoine Verglas; Alberto Tolot. Arrangers: Clay Ostwald; Miguel Morejon; Gloria Estefan; Nat Seidman; Joe Galdo; John DeFaria; Jorge Casas; Lawrence Dermer; Ricardo Eddy Martinez; Betty Wright; Gary Lindsay. 1992's GREATEST HITS puts a cap on Gloria Estefan's biggest period of chart dominance, the period between her pop breakthrough with the Miami Sound Machine's frothy dance-pop hit "Conga" and her biggest solo hit, 1991's "Coming Out of the Dark." That song, alluding to the near-fatal tour-bus accident that sidelined her in 1990, was the deciding point between Estefan's Latin-pop roots and her future as an adult contemporary balladeer, making GREATEST HITS a handy summing up of the first part of her career. Along with four new recordings (including the Jon Secada co-write "I See Your Smile"), GREATEST HITS gathers 10 of Estefan's biggest hits. Although GREATEST HITS gives short shrift to the 1985 breakthrough album PRIMITIVE LOVE, including only the smash hits "Words Get In The Way" and "Conga," any halfway-serious Gloria Estefan fan already has that album. This gives the set more room for summarizing highlights from the albums that followed, from lighter-than-air dance tracks like "1-2-3" to dramatic ballads like "Don't Wanna Lose You."
Entertainment Weekly (11/27/92, p.78) - "...fails to answer the key question of whatever happened to Miami Sound Machine, but it does cram in ten top 10 hits by the heir to Karen Carpenter..." - Rating: B Entertainment Weekly (11/27/92, p.78) - "...fails to answer the key question of whatever happened to Miami Sound Machine, but it does cram in ten top 10 hits by the heir to Karen Carpenter..." - Rating: B Q (1/93, p.97) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Cuban-born Gloria Estefan bacame one of the most successful crossover acts of the '80s by cleverly mixing Latin rhythms with mainstream dance music..." Q (1/93, p.97) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Cuban-born Gloria Estefan bacame one of the most successful crossover acts of the '80s by cleverly mixing Latin rhythms with mainstream dance music..."
Gloria Estefan began her career as the lead singer for Miami Sound Machine, which found great popularity in the 1980s with its salsa-tinged dance music, and she went on to be a Latin crossover success story. Estefan has since gone solo and experimented with romantic ballads, Latin-inspired pop, and smooth Afro-Cuban Spanish-language albums, but her greatest strength lies in irrepressible, danceable party music.
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